Tokyo-bound flight turns back to LAX because of unauthorised person — and model Chrissy Teigen tweets the play by play

Tokyo-bound flight turns back to LAX because of unauthorised person — and model Chrissy Teigen tweets the play by play
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A flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo turned back on Tuesday because of an apparent mix-up involving an unauthorized passenger on board - while a famous model repeatedly tweeted about the episode to 9.2 million followers.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight bound for Tokyo's Narita Airport turned around to go back to Los Angeles International Airport, due to an unauthorized person on the plane.

"During the flight, the cabin crew became aware that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight and notified the pilot," the airline told CNBC in a statement. "As part of the airline's security procedure, the pilot in command decided to return to the originating airport, where the passenger was disembarked."

News of the diversion gained traction on social media as American model Chrissy Teigen, a passenger on ANA 175, tweeted about it episodically.

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ANA 175 departed LAX at 11:36 a.m. local time and returned to LAX at 7:33 p.m.

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"ANA is researching the situation currently to determine how the passenger boarded the flight," the carrier said. "ANA would like to express its apologies to the passengers for the inconvenience."

This article was first published in CNBC.

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